Deliveroo and Uber to help government map England's pothole hotspots

August 27, 2020

Delivery companies - including Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado - are teaming up with the government to help map England's pothole hotspots, in an effort to identify the roads most in need of repair.

Figures from the RAC, show the breakdown company received 1,766 call-outs for vehicles damaged by faulty road surfaces between April and June this year.

The Department for Transport will also work with Gaist, a road data and mapping company, to assess which areas need the greatest attention.

In his first Budget as Chancellor in March, Rishi Sunak said it was "vital we keep roads in good condition", as he pledged a multi-billion pound drive to repair 50 million potholes over the next five years.

And he said the government would "eradicate the scourge of potholes in every part of the country".

The Treasury said action was needed to improve infrastructure and deal with a situation where 90% of insurance claims were related to pothole damage.

At the time, Labour branded the move a gimmick, which it claimed was simply a new take on an old policy.

The Transport Secretary said the latest initiative would help make roads "safer for everyone".

Grant Shapps said: "We're teaming up with delivery companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist, and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5bn pothole repair fund.

"Better road surfaces benefit motorists and cyclists alike, ensuring the back to school and work environment is safer for everyone."

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